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Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 07 Oct 2010 12:35
by admin
I'm going to make this a sticky thread, feel free to post any HEMA related videos from before 1945. I shall generally leave out sport/modern fencing unless it it pre-1900 (there are a lot of post-1900 sport fencing videos).

1926 British sabre - explaining the difference between 1900 military and 1920 sport sabre:

1914 British cavalry sword training:

1880 French infantry sabre exercise:

1900 French la canne drill:

1920 French soldiers sabre (sport?) fencing:

1920 British singlestick(?)/sabre mounted:

1930 British Navy cutlass drill:

WW1(?) United States hand-to-hand training:

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 07 Oct 2010 15:24
by Roger N
I like this one with duelling shields from 1956... Not from before 1945, but pretty early still. :)

Also this one of gladiator fencing from 1935 is cool:

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 22 Oct 2010 23:13
by Batfink
Love that in the US close combat video at about 4.30, after knocking his opponent to the ground, he stops to adjust his hat before putting the boot in...

Also... to justify having posted that comment-

Jack Dempsey vs. Bill Brennan

There are several Dempsey fights on youtube but this seems to be one of the best and closest... lots of very low slipping followed up by work from the clinch which seems to be very characteristic of the style.

Old Muay Thai

Not strictly HEMA (except in the sense which would be opposite to HWMA... but let's not go there...). Is interesting though... It's only a short snippet (with an annoying trailer in the middle c.2.10-4.20) but it shows a style that appears as different from modern Muay Thai as Dempsey is from modern boxing.

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 19 Jan 2011 11:01
by craftyfighter

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 24 Feb 2013 00:02
by Max C.

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 20 Sep 2013 04:39
by Max C.
British soldiers bayonet fencing 1914-18 ... ry/fencing

singlestick on horseback 1920. The men look like they have some kind of feathery target on their heads ... ry/fencing

Turkish men stick fencing (1:50)
Very short and not sure what it is supposed to be but interesting ... ry/fencing

British bayonet drill 1914-18 ... ry/fencing

Wrestling and boxing for recruits 1914-18 ... /wrestling

Horseback wrestling 1914-18 ... /wrestling

American policemen showing how to handle two prisonners at once 1919 ... /wrestling

Bayonet drills and swordfeats 1914-18 ... uery/sword

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 20 Sep 2013 09:38
by Thearos
Max C. wrote:Turkish men stick fencing (1:50)
Very short and not sure what it is supposed to be but interesting ... ry/fencing

V. haunting reel of Turkish troops and civilians in 1912; the soldiers just hanging around in the debacle. The two Turkish soldiers have found short sticks and are horsing around: what's interesting is that one is fighting sword and shield (a sack in his left hand replacing the shield), and the other one is using his stick like a bayonet.

Now Mr Admin published a photo of a Turkish fencing salle ca. 1900-- in addition to Western sabre or foil, they also practised traditional sword and shield (I suppose part of an Islamic tradition or Eastern tradition that includes Egypt, Arab countries, Iran and India). I assume that's what the soldier on the left is mimicking

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 20 Sep 2013 16:17
by Max C.
For those who have access to Gaumont Pathé archives (its actually quite easy).

Bayonet fencing in Germany 1914 ... 89&rang=26

French saber 1920, interesting because you still see some moulinets ... 20&rang=30

Touareg fencing 1920 (10:05) ... 599&rang=5

French bayonet fencing with wrestling involved also some combatives 1920 ... 291&rang=4

1920's HEMA. Some armored longsword fencing at a Joan of Arc celebration, don't blink cause you might miss it. (22:29-22:34) ... 999&rang=1

Charlemont savate 1924 ... 31&rang=15

Re: Early HEMA videos

PostPosted: 15 Oct 2018 08:03
by Mikarmatura